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Anglesea sewer pipeline complete

A new sewer pipeline beneath the Anglesea River is fully operational after a major replacement project.

The project was completed on 22 December 2011, ahead of its Christmas deadline.

The pipeline was laid out and welded together along Bingley Parade, Anglesea, before being drawn through a pre-drilled tunnel beneath the Anglesea River.

The pipeline was fast-tracked to meet the demands of the summer tourist influx in Anglesea. Flows to the Anglesea treatment facility have already increased more than 4-fold in January.

We're now finalising the re-instatement of the construction site and contributing funds to a Surf Coast Shire project to lay new turf in the area.

Barwon Water would like to thank Anglesea residents for their cooperation, patience and understanding throughout this project.


Timeline of the project

August 2011: Barwon Water staff detected a leak in the original pipeline in August 2010 by checking logs of flows to the Anglesea Water Reclamation Plant. A tear was discovered in the pipeline, beneath the Anglesea River.

The pipe was shut down and sewerage was transported by truck to the treatment plant.

We considered a number of repair options but none proved feasible due to the difficult location of the leak and concern for the surrounding environment. The decision was made to replace the entire river crossing. The Barwon Water Alliance was engaged to undertake the work.

September 2011: A temporary above-ground pipe was laid through walking paths in Coogoorah Park.

November 2011: A drilling rig was set up on the west side of the river to tunnel 12.5 metres below its deepest point. Lengths of pipe were laid out on the east side and welded together to form a continuous 330 metre pipeline.

December 2011: The pipeline was drawn though the tunnel and connected. Work began on re-instatement of the site, including levelling and laying top-soil.

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Sustainable Home and Garden Expo 2012: call for exhibitors

Barwon Water is once again hosting the Sustainable Home and Garden Expo at Steampacket Gardens on the Geelong waterfront, 10–11 March 2012 (the Labour Day long weekend).

Limited spots are still available for exhibitors across the home and garden sectors, but hurry as applications close soon.

Corporate sponsorship packages are also available.

The Sustainable Home and Garden Expo provides businesses and not-for-profit organisations with opportunities to showcase, promote and sell their sustainable products and services.

Last year, our flagship sustainability event attracted around 18,000 visitors. This year's expo is shaping up to be even more spectacular with popular renovating duo Josh and Jenna among an array of special guests including Gardening Australia's Jane Edmanson, Channel 31's Vasilii Kanidiadis plus MCs Denis Walter and Catriona Rowntree.

This year, visitors can expect an even greater range of exhibitors, entertainment, giveaways, refreshments and more.

Want to be part of the region's premier sustainability event? For more information, an exhibitor application or sponsor pack, please contact event coordinator Alex Hamilton on 1300 656 007 or email info@barwonwater.vic.gov.au.

  Sustainable Home and Garden Expo 2012

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Recycled water release in Bannockburn

An investigation into the emergency discharge of recycled water into Bruce's Creek at Bannockburn found no adverse impact on the creek or the Barwon River.

Around 31 million litres of treated Class C recycled water was released from the Bannockburn Water Reclamation Plant to Bruce's Creek between August and November 2011 when the plant's storage lagoon reached capacity and other options had been exhausted.

The release was coordinated with and approved by EPA Victoria, subject to a range of conditions including regular inspections and sampling.

Monitoring of the receiving waters of the Barwon River showed no detectable impact on water quality during the discharge. An independent assessment by an aquatic ecologist concluded negligible or low risk to the river environment and no lasting impact on Bruce's Creek or the Barwon River.

The event has highlighted areas in which we can improve such as reviewing emergency discharge options, conducting risk assessments for inland treatment plants, and working with community interest groups.

The Bannockburn Water Reclamation Plant is currently being upgraded. An increase in the facility's treatment and storage capacity, due for completion in mid-2012, will ease pressure on the plant and cater for future growth.

A summary of the report provided to the EPA, including background information, results and future actions can be downloaded below. If you would like more information, or a copy of the full report, please contact us.


  Summary report: Recycled water release into Bruce's Creek Bannockburn (PDF 156 KB)

  Media release: recycled water release (Friday 30 December 2011)

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Happy holidays from the team at Barwon Water

The management and staff at Barwon Water would like to wish all our customers a safe and happy Christmas.

Our youth and environment ambassadors: Kelly Cartwright and Joel Corey.

Barwon Water youth and environment ambassadors, AFL footballer Joel Coey and paralympian Kelly Cartwright, once again lend their faces to our summer water saving campaign, reminding visitors and locals alike to be water-wise when on holidays.

Be a good sport, and be part of our water saving team!

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Northern Water Plant construction update

Work on the biggest project in Barwon Water's history, the Northern Water Plant, is progressing well. More than one third of construction is now complete.

All of the major earthworks are finished, the buildings and concrete structures are taking shape, and the construction of two new off-site pump stations is underway.


By Christmas, construction works are expected to be around 50% complete, and the buildings will reach ‘lock-up' stage.

Building fit-out and off-site pump station will be finalised over summer.

The facility is being built by John Holland with a peak workforce of around 100 on-site personnel.

The Northern Water Plant is expected to be complete in mid-2012, with recycled water due to be available in 2013.

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Fats overflow sewer

A blocked sewer main overflowed in Waurn Ponds this morning.

Our crews were dispatched shortly after the spill was reported at Chenin Mews, Waurn Ponds, earlier today.

The blockage, caused by a build up of fats in the pipe, has now been cleared.

A small amount of sewage flowed into the nearby Waurn Ponds Creek. We have taken water quality samples and erected warning signs at the site. As a precaution, residents should avoid contact with the creek water.

Fats, oils, food scraps, medicines and toiletries often accumulate in the sewerage system and can cause odours, blockages and overflows. We ask our customers to dispose of these items in their household rubbish – not down the drain or toilet.

Customers can report overflows, burst and leaks to us on 1300 656 007, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Expressions of interest open for community reference group

The Black Rock environmental precinct being development at Connewarre incorporates the existing Black Rock treatment facility and recycled water demonstration farm, plus new infrastructure including a Class A recycled water plant, biosolids drying facility and more.

We are looking for interested customers, stakeholders and community members to join our new Black Rock Community Reference Group.

This group will be a sounding board for community concerns and expectations, and is a key component of our commitment to community engagement.

Ideally, members will be representative of local community and/or environmental groups, and interested individuals from the surrounding area.

If you would like to become a member or find out more, please contact us.

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Heavy rain in our region

Excessive rain in the Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula areas over the weekend has overloaded our sewerage pipes and resulted in some overflows into the stormwater drainage.

As a precaution, we advise people to not swim in rivers or the bay and avoid stormwater outlets for the next few days.

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Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant open day cancelled due to wet weather

We regret that the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant open day, advertised for tomorrow, Sunday 27 November 2011, has been cancelled.

We have been forced to cancel this event due to constant and heavy rain throughout today (Saturday).

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Anglesea sewer pipeline drilling begins

Construction of a new sewerage pipeline beneath the Anglesea River has begun.

A drilling rig has been set up in Coogoorah Park, on the west side of the river, and is tunneling 12.5 metres below the deepest point of the river. 12 metre lengths of pipe are being laid out on the east side of the river (along Bingley Parade) and will be welded together to form one continuous 330 metre pipe.

Rigorous environmental controls are in place to ensure minimal impact on the river and Coogoorah Park. Once the bore is complete, the pipe will be attached to the drill and pulled under the river. The new pipe will then be connected to the existing sewerage system.

The pipeline will transfer recycled water from Aireys Inlet and sewage from west Anglesea to the nearby water reclamation plant. It will replace a damaged sewer main discovered leaking in August.

The project is on track to be completed before Christmas, in time for the peak holiday season.

  Media release: Anglesea sewer pipeline drilling underway

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